HUNSTVILLE, Ala. — Behind a pair of power-play goals from senior center David Nimmo, the Alabama-Huntsville hockey squad battled to a 5-5 draw with College Hockey America foe Bemidji State on Friday night at the Von Braun Center.
Snapping a nine-game losing skid in Friday night contests, the Chargers got on the board first at 4:25 of the first when Nimmo scored a power-play lamp lighter from fellow seniors Grant Selinger and Mike Salekin. Sophomore defenseman Scott Kalinchuk pushed the lead to a two-goal margin at 13:32 of the stanza from fellow sophomore Kevin Galerno and senior Shaun Arvai.
Trailing by two goals, the Beavers came storming back before the close of the period as Tyler Lehrke put BSU on the board at 16:18 of the first. Cody Bostock then evened the score at two just over a minute later with a tally at 17:23 sending the teams to the first break tied at two.
A pair of Bemidji State penalties led to a 5-on-3 for the Chargers and Nimmo made BSU pay 43 seconds into the period from linemate Brett McConnachie and Arvai. The Beavers countered with a power-play measure of their own at 14:35 of the second as Travis Winter scored for the visitors. BSU’s Cody Bostock then gave the Beavers their first lead of the night at 16:55 of the second on the power-play.
The BSU lead was short lived however as junior center Tyler Hilbert scored at 18:35 from Kalinchuk. The Chargers then pressed hard as the period drew to a close and cashed in 28 seconds later when McConnachie netted a tally from Nimmo and senior goaltender Marc Narduzzi.
The 5-4 lead for the Chargers held up until just halfway past the midway point of the third when BSU’s Jake Bluhm lit the lamp at 11:39.
The two teams skated toe-to-toe the rest of the way with neither team to take advantage of late penalties from both teams.
Narduzzi made 27 stops in the draw while his BSU counterpart Matt Climie made 24 stops on the night. The tie moves UAH’s record to 7-16-2 overall and 4-8-1 in league action while Bemidji State’s record moves to 12-9-4 overall and 7-2-4 in the CHA.
The teams battle again on Saturday night at the Von Braun Center with a 7:05 p.m. faceoff.